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									                     IN THE SUPREME COURT, STATE OF WYOMING

                                                                      OCTOBER TERM A.D. 2000
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In the Matter of Adopting                                     )
A Public Domain, Neutral-Format Citation Format               )


ORDER ADOPTING A PUBLIC DOMAIN OR NEUTRAL-FORMAT CITATION

This Matter came before the Court by direction of the Board of Judicial Policy and
Administration, in recognition of the increasing level of legal research being conducted via the
Internet and other electronic resources, to adopt a public domain, neutral-format citation which
will support use of legal sources in both the traditional book and electronic formats.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that, from and after January 1, 2001:

(1) At the time of issuance, this Court shall assign to all opinions and to those orders designated
by this Court for publication (hereinafter referred to as substantive orders) a citation which shall
include the calendar year in which the opinion or substantive order is issued followed by the
Wyoming U.S. Postal Code (WY) followed by a consecutive number beginning each year with
"1" (for example, 2001 WY 1). This public domain, neutral-format citation shall appear on the
title page of each opinion and on the first page of each substantive order issued by this Court. All
publishers of Wyoming Supreme Court materials are requested to include this public domain,
neutral-format citation within the heading of each opinion or substantive order they publish.

(2) Beginning with the first paragraph of text, each paragraph in every such opinion and
substantive order shall be numbered consecutively beginning with a ¶ symbol followed by an
Arabic numeral, flush with the left margin, opposite the first word of the paragraph. Paragraph
numbers shall continue consecutively throughout the text of the majority opinion or substantive
order and any concurring or dissenting opinions or rationale. Paragraphs within footnotes shall
not be numbered nor shall markers, captions, headings or Roman numerals, which merely divide
opinions or sections thereof. Block-indented single-spaced portions of a paragraph shall not be
numbered as a separate paragraph. All publishers of Wyoming Supreme Court materials are
requested to include these paragraph numbers in each opinion or substantive order they publish.

 (3) In the case of opinions which are not to be cited as precedent (per curium opinions) and in
the case of all substantive orders (unless otherwise specifically designated by this Court), the
consecutive number in the public domain or neutral-format citation shall be followed by the
letter "N" to indicate that the opinion or substantive order is not to be cited as precedent in any
brief, motion or document filed with this Court or elsewhere (for example, 2001 WY 1N).

(4) In the case of opinions or substantive orders which are withdrawn or vacated by a subsequent
order of this Court, the public domain, neutral-format citation of the withdrawing or vacating
order shall be the same as the original public domain, neutral-format citation but followed by a
letter "W" (for example, 2001 WY 1W). An opinion or substantive order issued in place of one
withdrawn or vacated shall be assigned the next consecutive number appropriate to the date on
which it is issued.

(5) In the case of opinions or substantive orders which are amended by a subsequent order of this
Court, the public domain, neutral-format citation of the amending order shall be the same as the
original public domain, neutral-format citation but followed by a letter "A" (for example, 2001
WY 1A). Amended paragraphs shall contain the same number as the paragraph being amended.
Additional paragraphs shall contain the same number as the immediately preceding original
paragraph but with the addition of a lower case letter (for example, if two new paragraphs are
added following paragraph 13 of the original opinion, the new paragraphs will be numbered ¶13a
and ¶13b). If a paragraph is deleted, the number of the deleted paragraph shall be skipped in the
sequence of paragraph numbering in any subsequently published version of the amended opinion
of substantive order, provided that at the point where the paragraph was deleted, there shall be a
note indicating the deletion of that paragraph.

(6) For cases decided between January 1, 2001, and December 31, 2003, for documents filed
with the Court, a proper citation shall also include the volume and initial page number of the
West Pacific Reporter in which the opinion is published. For cases decided after December 31,
2003, reference to the volume and initial page number of the West Pacific Reporter in which the
opinion is published shall be optional in documents filed with the Court. The Wyoming Reporter
will remain the official reporter of this Court's opinions and, where West Pacific Reporter
citations are available at the time an opinion is issued, this Court will continue to cite to the West
Pacific Reporter in addition to the public domain, neutral-format citation in all of its opinions.

(7) The following are examples of proper citations to Wyoming Supreme Court opinions:

For cases decided before January 1, 2001:
 Primary cite:
Roe v. Doe, 989 P.2d 472 (Wyo. 1997).
 Primary cite with pinpoint cite:
Roe v. Doe, 989 P.2d 472, 475 (Wyo. 2001).
 Pinpoint cite alone:
Roe, 989 P.2d at 475.

For cases decided from and after January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2003:
 Primary cite:
Doe v. Roe, 2001 WY 12, 989 P.2d 1312 (Wyo. 2001).
 Primary cite with pinpoint cite:
Doe v. Roe, 2001 WY 12, ¶44, 989 P.2d 1312, ¶44 (Wyo. 2001).
 Pinpoint cite:
Doe, ¶¶44-45.
For cases decided from and after December 31, 2003:
 Primary cite:
Doe v. Roe, 2001 WY 12
     or
Doe v. Roe, 2001 WY 12, 989 P.2d 1312 (Wyo. 2001).
 Primary cite with pinpoint cite:
Doe v. Roe, 2001 WY 12, ¶¶44-45.
      or
Doe v. Roe, 2001 WY 12, ¶44, 989 P.2d 1312, ¶44 (Wyo. 2001).
 Pinpoint cite:
Doe, ¶44-45.


DATED this 2nd day of October, 2000.

                                                               BY THE COURT:




                                                               LARRY L. LEHMAN
                                                               Chief Justice
                                                               Chairman, Board of Judicial
                                                               Policy and Administration

								
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